Apple Testing Offline Voice Dictation for iOS?

Posted July 5, 2013 at 11:45pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 11055 views

Apple is reportedly testing an offline version of voice dictation for iOS, similar to what many Android phones have on the market today.

According to code fragments discovered in iOS 7 beta builds (but now iOS 6), Apple is internally testing voice dictation that does not require an Internet connection. Currently if a user wishes to use the voice-to-text function, the OS uploads their speech to cloud to convert it to text, then it is downloaded back to the phone. Since this requires an active Internet connection, it often was slow or not present at all depending on the speeds of the connection.

Future version of iOS could allow iDevices to convert the speech to text right on the device itself. Since no internet connection would be required, the conversion process would be much quicker.

Perhaps Apple would let users opt to use the offline version or have the OS determine which is the best option depending on connection speeds. Additional files are obviously required for offline dictation to occur, so those who do opt to use offline dictation would have less storage space.

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MArkBenson - July 7, 2013 at 6:01am
This is so stupid that Apple didn't implemented offline voice recognition since first time, It's very stupid and ridiculous that Siri must consult Apple's servers to find one contact stored on the iPhone, THANKS FOR NOTHING APPLE'S DUMBASSES !!
samsuck shit pee v - July 7, 2013 at 1:56pm
it is just an idea FOR siri, thank you for nothing Mr.iDontgiveadamn.
Ismael Santos - July 6, 2013 at 3:38pm
IM. VERY. HAPPY. FOR. YOU. AND THE PRODUCTS.
! - July 8, 2013 at 4:08am
Plz stop ur posts are very annoying
Ismael Santos - July 6, 2013 at 3:34pm
I NEED TO KNOW. WHEN THE IOS 7 COMES TO THE PUBLIC. AND THE IOS 7 BETA 2 IS COMING. TOO PLEASE REPLY THIS MESSAGE. OR SEND ME THE ANSWER VIA MY FAX NUMBER I NEED SOME INFORMATION ABOUT. IOS. 7 PRODUCTS. PLEASE. HELP ME. OK. THIS IS. MY FAX. NUMBER (617)276-3921.
Ipadguy - July 7, 2013 at 5:32pm
In the fall iOS 7 n Mac OSX Mavericks
! - July 8, 2013 at 4:12am
Plz stop the all caps & iOS 7 is for devs only, if u were one then u wouldn't need to ask. Also, it's coming out in the fall if u paid attention to the WWDC!
NoGoodNick - July 6, 2013 at 2:47pm
This is a great idea. The dictation feature is problematic now as you can only speak a short sentence at a time, and then have to wait for the message to upload, get processed, and then download again, completely breaking your concentration. I've been using other tools for dictation instead of Siri just for this reason.
Riley - July 6, 2013 at 5:21am
It can already do this...I can make it speak highlighted text on my iPhone 4 with no internet connection. I have iOS 7 now, but it also worked in iOS 6.
Bernard - July 6, 2013 at 5:27am
Voice synthesis is the opposite of dictation. In the first case, the computer speaks aloud an already written text. In the second, the computer write a text that is spoken aloud by the user. Voice synthesis isn't new, as you report correctly. But dictation appeared only in Mountain Lion then it is extended in Mavericks. Of course you may had dictation on Mac for many years now, by using such applications as MacSpeech then Dragon Dictate.
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